State of the Word

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On Saturday, December 6th at 7:00pm, the Blair School of Music and the Nashville Public Library will welcome the 7th Annual State of the Word to Ingram Hall featuring the region’s top college and high school writers, poets, emcees and spoken word artists. On this evening, the Office of Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Southern Word, and the Nashville Public Library will select Nashville’s first Youth Poet Laureate. The event will also feature the winner of the first STEM Poetry Slam in collaboration with the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub. Tickets will be available at southernword.org.

Vandy Spoken Word and Southern Word partner to produce the event. Vandy Spoken Word is Vanderbilt’’s spoken word group which promotes self-expression, challenges prejudices, and gives voice to diverse perspectives. Southern Word is a non-profit youth development organization building a culture of literacy through spoken word residencies, workshops, and shows. High school and college youth spend the day in writing and community building workshops through the support of the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons at Vanderbilt.

Performers emerge from Southern Word’s programs sponsored by the Nashville Public Library, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Metro Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Board of Regents, Memorial Foundation, Humanities Tennessee, Dan and Margaret Maddox Charitable Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission, Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub, and the Office of Mayor Karl Dean.

The event is made possible through the generous support of the Blair School of Music, Commons at Vanderbilt, and the Vanderbilt Writing Studio. Proceeds go to benefit Southern Word and the placement of poet mentors in Middle Tennessee’s public schools.

For more information, go to southernword.org.

Read about Southern Word’s work in schools on the Tennessean Here

A TRIBUTE OF MUSIC & ART TO ERYKAH BADU!

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This Live Music Experience is sure to be a truly amazing, unique tribute to one of music’s most influential women of all time. Mike Hicks & the Funk Puncs Band will set the musical backdrop for the stage that will allow various local artist/performers to pay tribute to Erykah Badu through their talents. You will want to grab a “Window Seat” as we will journey through the 17 year discography of the “Bag Lady”. Hits from the Queen of Neo Soul such as, “Love of My Life” and “Honey” will fill the air with the sweet, exclusive sound that Ms. Badu has shared with the world!

All proceeds from ticket sales benefit SpreadLuv.com’s community partners, the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) and W.O. Smith Music School. Tickets: http://www.badutribute.eventbrite.com

Welcome to the G.O.O.D. Life: A Tribute of Music & Art to Kanye West!

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This Live Music Experience is sure to be a truly amazing, unique tribute to one of hip-hop’s most influential trendsetter of all time. Mike Hicks & the Funk Puncs Band will set the musical backdrop for the stage that will allow various local artist/performers to pay tribute to Kanye West through their talents. As the perfect kick-off to Tennessee State University’s Homecoming weekend, we thought it was fitting and proper to pay tribute to the College Dropout. During the evening we will “Drive Slow” through the 10 year discography of Mr. West, focusing on his college themed works: “The College Dropout”, “Late Registration” and “Graduation”!

Local Artist were commissioned to complete the artwork for happy hour which will take place from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Happy Hour will also be complemented by Kanye West inspired spoken word by SouthernWord: A YouthSpeaks Organization, and live performances from one of Nashville’s premier breakdance troupes. The tribute concert will start at 7:15pm. You Can Purchase Tickets HERE

THE NEW KING Of FUNK and R&B: MIKE HICKS!

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Name: Mike Hicks

Hometown: Warner Robins, Georgia

iTunes: Mike Hicks

Twitter: @funkpunc

Videos: MHicksMusic

Instagram: instagram.com/michaelbhicks

Website: WWW.MIKEHICKSMUSIC.COM

Music Review By: @SpreadLuv

When my partner and I came up with this crazy idea to put together a live music tribute honoring Outkast’s 20th Anniversary we knew the music had to be funky. We also knew the band selected for this huge feat had to be experienced enough to connect with our guest on a soulful level. We considered a couple of bands/artists, but there was only one that stood out – Mike Hicks and The Funk Puncs.

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(Artist, Writer, and Performer – Mike Hicks)

Watching the energetic, spontaneous, and passionate musicianship of Michael Hicks on stage, one would find it hard to believe that this fiery keyboardist is reserved, introverted, and even shy off stage. A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, graduate of Middle Tennessee State University’s revered Recording Industry program, and a current resident of Nashville, Tennessee, Michael brings a musical background rich in the culture of gospel music and the rhythmic stylings of soul and funk.

It’s no secret that 2013 was a big year for Mike and his band. They were honored with three Nashville Independent Music Awards in 2013 including Best R&B Male Artist, Best Album (“This Is Life”), and Best Soul/Funk Band (for the second consecutive year). Known for honesty and transparency in his delivery, Mike continues to blaze his own trail, creating his own brand of “life music” in the process.

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(Nashville Independent Music Awards – 2013)

Mike’s travels have afforded him the opportunities to play in prestigious venues including the Sydney Opera House, the Apollo Theater, and many others. On Thursday, April 10th, Mike and his Band will set the musical backdrop for our live tribute to Outkast! See poster below for details.

Be sure to check out Mike’s website for more information about his music and remember to support this young artist/musician who is bound to make music history!

Peace & Luv -@SpreadLuv

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Da Art of Storytellin: A Musical Tribute to Outkast! – Thursday, April 10th

 

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SpreadLuv.com presents Da Art of Storytellin: A Musical Tribute to Outkast!

This Live Music Experience is sure to be a truly amazing, unique tribute to one of hip-hop’s most influential groups of all time. Mike Hicks & the Funk Puncs Band will set the musical backdrop for the stage that will allow various local artist/performers to pay tribute to Outkast through their talents. As we take you on a “Funky Ride” through the 20 year discography of Andre 3000 & Big Boi, we will journey from the classic southern sound of Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik all the way through the timeless tones of Speakerboxxx/The Love Below!

Buy Tickets Herewww.outkasttribute.eventbrite.com

Event Sponsors: LoveNoise, The Wanderer, NMAAM, W.O. Smith